Sharply dressed, 'brazen' gunman steals several iPads from Best Buy store in Lakewood, police say

Gunman: Cooperate or ''it's going to get messy'

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Police are trying to identify a sharply dressed, "brazen" gunman who stole several iPads from a busy Best Buy store in Lakewood during a midday robbery.

Just after 1 p.m. Monday, a clean-cut, dark-haired man wearing dark-rimmed glasses, a white button-down shirt, a dark sport coat, dark pants and dark shoes strolled into the Best Buy at 384 S. Wadsworth Blvd., police said.

Carrying a yellow shopping basket, the man approached a clerk and said he needed two iPads for a party, police said.

The clerk called the manager, who unlocked a security cage holding the iPads.

After the manager left, the man pulled a handgun out of his pocket and told the clerk, "It's going to get messy if you don't do what I say." The gunman forced the clerk to load as many iPads as he could into the basket.

The man then fled the store, setting off alarms at the front door as he ran and got into a dark green or black four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee with big silver wheels. A witness told police a woman with dark curly hair and glasses was behind the wheel of the Jeep.

"The (male) suspect mentioned the driver was also armed," police said.

Police called the daytime armed robbery uncommon -- and dangerous.

It was "a very, very daring and brazen robbery during the middle of the daylight, during the middle of business hours. The store is full of people," said Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis. 

Such robberies "are very few and I would say very dangerous," Davis added. "That tells me that someone is not only dangerous, but pretty desperate and that's a bad combination."

Police released security camera photographs of the robbery suspect and suspect Jeep on Tuesday.

The robber was described as a Hispanic man in this late 20s to early 30s. He was 5-feet-10-inches to 6-feet tall and weighed about 170 to 180 pounds.

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